Under the direction of the Community Mental Health and Addictions Team Leader and / or designate, this position ensures the well being of clients in the program and promotes their independent living in the community.
The lifeskills support worker is a member of a multidisciplinary team, within the context of assigned program the lifeskills worker provides support and skills teaching using the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation.
The scope of practice encompasses the Mental Health and Addictions services portfolio and harm reduction approach. A key component of this job is to assist clients with a serious and persistent mental illness and / or addictions issues in their physical, social and emotional development and to reduce the number of / or potential for hospitalization and incarceration. Qualifications
Grade 12 plus a Community Mental Health Worker Certificate and Addictions Studies Certificate plus three (3) years recent related experience working with adults with mental illness and / or addictions diagnosis;
or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Food Safe Certificate.
Valid First Aid Certificate and CPR.
Valid BC Class 5 Drivers’ license, and access to a vehicle.
Skills and Abilities :
Physical Ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Good Interpersonal Skills.
Demonstrates ability to teach and work effectively with mental health and addictions clients / mentally disordered offenders in both group setting and one-to-one.
Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients.
Home management skills.
Ability to instruct.
Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills.
Good written and verbal reporting skills.
Good organization, time and general management skills.
Basic computer skills including windows, word, internet and e-mail.